Ever wonder how exfoliation, scrubs, and microdemabrasion work?

On Jul 14, 2013

The layers of the human skin.
The layers of the  human skin.
From top to bottom: stratus corneum, stratum lucidum, stratum granulosum, stratus spinosum, stratum basale.    
Image source: Wikipedia

Derm Tidbit: The science behind exfoliation, scrubs, and microdermabrasion.

Your skin cells are in a state of constant flux! They are formed in the lower layer of your skin by a process called mitosis. In the span of approximately 28 days, they rise up through the other skin layers and eventually reach the outside of your skin and slough off. Scrubs, peels, and microdermabrasion speed up this exfoliation process and encourage skin cell turnover and new cell growth. Be aware though, all these exfoliation tools also strip your skin of moisture and can lead to dry skin.



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